English Trifle

English Trifle

My aunt gave me an English Trifle recipe 30 years ago. I liked the idea, but felt it could be improved upon. I added a lot of whipped cream, changed the liquor to rum, yellow to white cake, etc. and this is the recipe I came up with. I have posted her recipe below mine for anyone who would like to try her version of this recipe.

Prep Time:45 minutes, plus overnight refrigeration

Cook time:35 minutes


3 pints Heavy Whipping Cream
1/2 cup Confectioner’s Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla
1 jar (14-16oz) Seedless Raspberry Jam
1 White Cake Mix
3 Eggs
1 cup Water
1/3 cup Oil
2 boxes Instant Chocolate Pudding
3 1/2 cups Milk
1/2 cup White Rum
Slivered Almonds


• Bake white cake according to package instructions (3 eggs, oil, water), allow to cool
• Cut cake into bite sized squares, cutting off ends (but don’t discard the ends).
• Prepare chocolate instant pudding according to pie instructions (3 1/2 cups milk), set aside.
• In a large bowl, whip the heavy cream with the confectioner’s sugar and vanilla until semi-stiff, set aside.
• Place white squares of cake against the sides of a trifle (or glass) bowl.
• Fill in center with cut off ends of cake.
• Layer half the chocolate pudding on top of cake, spreading to sides so it drips down and fills the gap in between the cake pieces.
• Layer jam on top of pudding.
• Pour all the rum on top of the jam, allowing it to soak to the bottom of the bowl through the cake.
• Layer half the whipped cream on top of the jam/pudding/rum/cake.
• Add more cake squares against the sides of the trifle (or glass) bowl on top of the jam; fill the center with cut off cake ends and any leftover cake.
• Spread remaining chocolate pudding on top of cake, making sure it reaches to the sides.
• Top with remaining whipped cream.
• Garnish with slivered almonds (I added edible glitter this year too).
• Refrigerate overnight.

Makes 12 servings of English Trifle

English Trifle

English Trifle

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  1. This English trifle looks and sounds great.

  2. Now that looks delicious I want some heheh!

    Have a trifletastic week 😉

  3. Hi, I don’t use rum. Do you know of any non alcoholic beverage I could use in stead of rum?

    • You’d need something sweet and wet to soak the cake, Safiyyah. So think of something to soak the cake and add flavor.

      Simple sugar wouldn’t have much flavor, and would be quite sweet, but maybe something like that with rum extract? Or possibly vanilla extract added to the simple sugar? Milk with rum extract? These are just ideas though – I’ve never made a trifle without liquor (rum, brandy, whiskey).


  4. NYCSingleMom says:

    I have never tried trifle. This just looks yummy!

  5. That looks so beyond delicious!

  6. Looks delicious! I first had Trifle about 30 years ago when my Aunt made for our Thanksgiving weekend get-together. Oh, my! it’s been a favorite of mine ever since.

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